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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 20, 2010 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Hey, bus, Equinox is here:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-02-20.sbd.moreno.9470.sbeok.shnf

I first came across it tagged on the end of 05-17-77 but it doesn't appear to be there anymore.

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 20, 2010 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Thanks for that link Rob. I have listened to the version from the Terrapin bonus tracks but never thought more about it until today – glad to have heard these outtakes.

Here is a quote from Bob in 1977 : "One tune that took the longest to get was one that we didn't use. Another of Phil's originals. It was just too long, the song itself was too long to put on without crowding something else off the record. It was just very long and quite involved, and it was looking to require a good deal of work, and we only had so much time for what we could do on the record--you can only put about nineteen minutes per side on a record before you start losing fidelity. Phil's tune was six minutes long or so, and it would have put both sides well over that, so we decided to axe it and bring it back some other time. We got a great basic on it."

Here’s what a search for the lyrics turns up:

She reclines, closing her eyes
The sun that set is bound to rise
Night birds and fireflies settle round her
Days grow long, spring is here
Waterfalls shine again
Our minds have gone on down stream
Shooting the rapids

Bright as gold, the arms you gave
Bright as the eye of a hurricane
We're all just the sins growing children
Every moment is perfect, every sin is a jewel
Every man is a prophet at the mercy of a fool

Watch the seasons go, as sunshine turns to cold snow
Showers and rain
Numbers of tomorrow
The great globe spins, the music starts
Every beat knows its part
To keep it spinning in a circle
Every moment is perfect, every eye's a jewel
Every man is a prophet with the mercy of a fool


Spring may be here, but I'm goning to wait a while to start my tomatoes!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 20, 2010 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Spring IS here...in the Sonoran Desert anyhow, taken just this morning as I welcomed the spring with the toads (mom and dad look happy, don't they?)...look at these amazing AZ toad eggs waiting for a few more warm days to hatching and begin fliter feeding (do I sound like David Attenburrow yet?):



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Attachment: BM_pair_2.jpg

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Equinoctial greetings, Tell!

Definite signs of rising sap here too. I had to escort two bumblebees from the premises earlier today - first time this year. Can't be too long before it grow grow grows on the bank's green edge, the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom, the ground is patched with climbing arms of ivy, and so forth.


Thanks for the pics!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

I like those climbing arms! Of course, out here the eternal question is: "...Wonder who will water all the children of the garden when they sigh about the barren lack of rain and droop so hungry 'neath the sky..."

But of course, that's what deserts do for you...

Happy Spring to you and yours, Rob! Don't worry--I am thinking of a raccoon-less, DEAD based post one of these fine days!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Just so long as it's not a dead raccoon...

"Yeah you got yer dead cat and you got yer dead dog
On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog
Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon
The blood and the guts they're gonna make you swoon!"

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

As to when DEAD is DEAD (or not), I can only quote our friend Rudyard's skepticism:

'E's all 'ot sand an' ginger when alive,
An' 'e's generally shammin' when 'e's dead.
'E's a daisy, 'e's a ducky, 'e's a lamb!
'E's a injia-rubber idiot on the spree,
'E's the on'y thing that doesn't give a damn
For a Regiment o' British Infantree!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

Who can resist a good bit o' Kipling, eh?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 20, 2010 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

And thank you too. I hadn't had much background on Equinox before so I appreciate this. Do you know who wrote the lyrics? Was it Bobby Petersen?

I realise I owe you a huge apology. I discovered that you'd emailed me at the end of last year and I missed it. Trouble is I don't use that address much and only ever check it when I'm expecting something there. I'll email you with a kosher contact!

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 21, 2010 3:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh Yeah HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX!

The resources say that Phil wrote the lyrics and the song, with the intention of Jerry singing lead. You can tell that they are still working it out, another somewhat clunky combination of melody and words that reminds me of the Hornsby Cyclone discussion a while back.

Can’t tell you how much weight you lift off these shoulders with your response. Having no clue if there is a way to know if an email is received, your lack of response had caused me some turmoil, although I have come to accept that a bit of detachment can help one better enjoy hanging out in these parts.

A ways back we hit upon something music related regarding sweet and soothing, and I never got back to you. This is a fine example that I wish I had then – led here by Ian in jots recent kindness post – the jam out of Comes A Time, starts just shy of the eight minute mark : http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-17.sbd.unknown.243.sbeok.shnf
Peace. Dan